Telephone Tales

Awards:   Winner of Mildred A. Batchelder Award 2021 (United States)
Author:   Gianni Rodari ,  Valerio Vidali ,  Antony Shugaar
Publisher:   Enchanted Lion Books
ISBN:  

9781592702848


Pages:   212
Publication Date:   24 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Format:   Hardback
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Telephone Tales


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  • Winner of Mildred A. Batchelder Award 2021 (United States)

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Age range 9 to 12 Night after night, a father spins a new, wildly fantastical tale from the other end of the telephone. Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales is many stories within a story. Every night, a traveling father must finish a bedtime story in the time that a single coin will buy. One night, it's a carousel that adults cannot comprehend, but whose operator must be some sort of magician, the next, it's a land filled with butter men who melt in the sunshine!

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Author:   Gianni Rodari ,  Valerio Vidali ,  Antony Shugaar
Publisher:   Enchanted Lion Books
Imprint:   Enchanted Lion Books
ISBN:  

9781592702848


ISBN 10:   1592702848
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   24 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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In bold shapes and bright colors, Vidali (The Forest) plays right along: his images read as an homage to Bruno Munari, who illustrated the first Italian edition in 1962...At every turn, Rodari remains emphatically on the side of the young, reminding readers that the whole world already belongs to every child that comes into it.... They need only to roll up their sleeves, stretch out their hands, and take it for themselves. Numerous gatefold spreads and tipped-in pages add to the rich texture of this beautifully produced volume. -STARRED REVIEW, Publishers' Weekly The book itself is a thing of beauty, with tantalizing, full-colour illustrations by Valerio Vidali over double-page, fold-out spreads. Antony Shugaar devises parallels to Rodari's exuberantly inventive language and finds an equivalent to the rhythms of his prose. For readers of all ages, this book is like education on planet Blih, where, we are told, knowledge is sold in bottles, in drinkable form. History is a red liquid that resembles Grenadine, geography is a minty green drink , and the sheer delight of storytelling flows in abundance. -TLS


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The Italian Author Gianni Rodari wrote many beloved children's books and was awarded the prestigious Andersen Prize. But he was also an educator of paramount importance in Italy and an activist who understood the liberating power of the imagination. He is one of the twentieth century's greatest authors for children, and Italy's greatest. Influenced by French surrealism and linguistics, Rodari stressed the importance of poetic language, metaphor, made-up language, and play. At a time when schooling was all about factual knowledge, Rodari wrote The Grammar of Fantasy, a radically imaginative book about storytelling and play. He was a forerunner of writing techniques such as the fantastic binomial and the utopian, world engendering what if.... The relevance of Rodari's works today lies in his poetics of imagination, his humanist yet challenging approach to reality, and his themes, such as war and peace, immigration, injustice, inequality, and liberty. Forty years after his death, Rodari's writing is as powerful and innovative as ever. He died in Rome in 1980. Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator of children's books. His book Jemmy Button (Templar/Candlewick, 2013), co-authored with Jennifer Uman, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2013. His book The Forest, co-illustrated with Violeta Lopiz was published by Enchanted Lion in 2018. Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator, working out of Italian and French. He once interviewed the creator of Topo Gigio.

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